Happy 82nd Birthday, Carl Sagan

Astrophysicist Carl Sagan opened the doors of ideas in both academic and popular astronomy and astrophysics.  He died from pneumonia at age 62 in 1996.  Had he lived, he would have been 82 years old today.

Here is a wonderful article on his life and work, in a nutshell:

Happy comet tails, Dr. Sagan, wherever you are!

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  1. Thank you for the link. It is a wonderful article.

    • Glad you enjoyed it! Another science writer friend of mine, the late Phil Bertoni, who wrote for the Boston Globe, also did an astrophysics radio show in which he very reverently parodied Sagan’s iconic phrase “Billions and billions…” can you hear it? Phil did it so well, he knew that all he had to do to crack me out of a dark mood was to draw himself up and pronounce, “Billions and billions…” and I would be rolling on the floor laughing. That was in the 70’s when everything was new.

  2. I loved the Cosmos TV series. I didn’t know he died so young. I’m an Aussie, but was a big fan of his accent.


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